I just bought a pair of I pod generation 3 earbuds from a friend, still sealed, for 3$, listened to some songs on the gp32, its awesome!!!!, not to bad when its using the speakers either
ya, its just like a computer, it all depends on the headphones
Yeah of course with headphones like those fancy shockwave ones (which cost alot if you want good quality) you'll probably get better sound but nothing match an hardware amplifier. Again, I have a really good musical hearing (sorry don't know how to say it well in english but I have a better hearing than most people) so for eveyone, the difference is minimal but for me, I can't stand it... I'll stick with the discman!
i'm not entirely sure what you mean by a hardware amplifier...
surely a discman and a gp32 have roughly the same circuitry between the digital>analogue converter and the headphone socket (i.e. a little bit to boost (amplify) the volume, and a volume controller)...
is it not the 'uncompressedness' of the CD's you're hearing, or maybe superior D>A conversion in the discman?
(btw... my headphones cost £13 from dixons they give better bass response because the speakers are bigger)